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The Doggetts Barn and Courtyard The timber framed Doggetts Barn which is now the Edenbridge Town Council Offices and Visitor Information Point.

Edenbridge Town Council consists of 15 elected members and full meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month in Rickards Hall off the High street.
Doggetts Barn
72a High Street
Edenbridge
TN8 5AR


Tel: 01732 865368

 
Edenbridge Town Council
Doggetts BarnEdenbridge has had a local Council for well over 100 years.  The Parish Council was formed in 1895 and, recognising the growing size and importance of the community, was renamed as a Town Council in 1982.
It was the first local Council in Kent to gain quality status. Although a Town Council the town does not have a mayor and the chairmanship of both Council and its committees tend to be for a two year term, subject to annual re-election.
The Council meets monthly, except in August, on the second Monday at 8pm in Rickards Hall off the High Street. In addition it has a range of standing Committees which meet usually to a set pattern. The Planning & Transportation and Finance Committees meet every month, usually on the 4th Monday; planning applications are also considered at the Council meetings, enabling comments to be submitted to Sevenoaks District Council within the normal 21 day cycle. Planning Applications can be viewed at the Council's office in Doggetts Barn during normal working hours but also at the District Council office in Argyle Road Sevenoaks.
All Council and Committee meetings are open to the public. At Council there is an opportunity, fairly early in the agenda, for members of the public to ask questions, for which no prior notice is required. Obviously members of the public may not join in the actual discussion of official business at any of these meetings.

However there are several committees which do co-opt non councillors, such as Tourism Development, Footpaths and Emergency Planning, in order to get a wider spread of active participation from the community. The Footpaths Committee has over 20 such volunteers who also help by keeping a close watch on nominated local footpaths and meeting up monthly to undertake some minor path clearance, checking of Waymarking signs, the condition of stiles etc. This is the oldest Committee and its 100 plus years of service has been recognised by a special award from Kent County Council.

Copies of the Agendas for meetings, with lists of planning applications where appropriate, are posted on the Councils board on Church House (The Eden Valley Museum) in the High Street and usually also on The Wheatsheaf, Marsh Green and near the Marlpit Hill Stores at the north end of the town. Minutes of all meetings are deposited in the Library on a monthly basis.
Eden Valley Museum

In addition there are two other public events. On the first Monday of March annually, usually at 8pm in the W.I.Hall, Station Road, the Annual Town Meeting is held. This is more of a community meeting, not transacting any routine Council business. The normal framework is for the Council Chairman to give a report on the previous year, with contributions also from the Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council, the local Kent County Councillor and the Police. There may also be special resolutions on broader community issues for discussion. Minutes of this meeting are also deposited in the Library and over the years provide a fascinating insight into life in the community.

W.I. Hall Edenbridge
The Council manages the local cemetery, various parks, sports grounds and open spaces, has venues available for Hire (Doggetts Barn for small meetings and Rickards Hall for events for up to about 75) and is the booking agent for the larger Women's Institute Hall.
The Council also owns some of the street lighting; we welcome notification of lights not working properly particularly if you can give us the column number.

The Council publishes 10 leaflets local footpath walks a visitors guide two town trails (Adult Version and Child Version) a local villages trail. It hosts a visitor information web site www.edenvalleykent.org and a free official Town Guide.

The Council Office is open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday and members of the public are welcome to call to see reports, minutes or to ask questions etc. The Council can also be contacted by phone (01732-865368), by fax (866749) or by email to townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk.
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